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Grateful Dead Live at Rupp Arena on 1978-04-21

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Grateful Dead Live at Rupp Arena on 1978-04-21

Set 1

The Promised Land
Dire Wolf
Mama Tried ->
Mexicali Blues
Ramble On Rose
Funiculi Funicula
Row Jimmy
It's All Over Now
Brown Eyed Women
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2

Samson And Delilah
Ship Of Fools
Playing In The Band ->
Drums ->
Jam ->
Stella Blue
Truckin' ->
Playing In The Band

Werewolves Of London
U.S. Blues

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Rupp Arena
Location Lexington, KY

Source SBD -> Cassette Master -> Dat (44.1k)
Lineage Dat (Sony R500) -> Sound Devices 744T -> Samplitude Professional v10.2 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller


-- Set 2 is seamless
-- Thanks to Rob Eaton for lending me his Dats
-- Jam includes a Stayin' Alive tease


Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2014
Subject: Stella Truckin'
This show ends spectacularly which is atypical for that tour. Truckin' is fantastic. Check out the new upload from cm. Many thanks!
Reviewer: Mind Wondrin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 20, 2012
Subject: 78 ish
Not as consistent as other '78 shows due to the slow start but what follows are absolute landmark sections from this Lexington stop - a show that was brought to wider attention when the Stella Blue was used for the So Many Roads box.

The first set starts average enough but gets rocky with Ramble and Passenger, although the Funiculi is a good one, for those keeping track (pun intended). Even Row Jimmy isn't up to '78 standards but then
something happens and things become solarized with three incredible versions. The heat stays on through the second set. Even standard fare like Playin' rides the wave and with all members present on a Drums that takes the smoke and wisps into a unique jam, it sound unlike most '76-'78 Second Set centerpieces. The momentum was lost before the return for encore with Bobby giving a crap slide solo on Werewolves and Donna for some reason unable to pronounce the words. Let me venture a guess what happened: Cocaine (the band played with house lights on in protest of local security/management - apparently this has something to do with there being no sources for the U.S. Blues?).

1st Set: B
2nd Set:B+
Overall : 4 stars (duds mixed with incredible run from end of 1st set through 2nd, sans encore)

It's All Over Now - B e s t V e r s i o n E v e r !
Brown Eyed Women - Another great '78 BEW
The Music Never Stopped - 9 minutes - one of the best ever! (6/29/76, 9/30/76, 6/7/77, 6/9/77, 7/7/78 & 8/14/79)
Samson & Delilah - maybe starts a touch sloppy but they find a great jam inside
Ship of Fools - Very few Ships stand out - this one does
Stella Blue - Rocky 1st half, then it goes B I G. No segue into>
Truckin' - Starts with the whistle, Phil a bit rough, then perfection! The ultimate generic Dead song, not one I cherish, this is highly cherishable
Playin' - The reprise has enough punch that they play it out to culminate one of the best 2nd sets of '78

SOURCES: The miller97501 source is the best. The 2nd set will fit on one disc with 4 minutes of the long break after Ship edited (but don't miss Bobby giving Jer shit @ 10:15).
Reviewer: Brobot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 27, 2011
Subject: One of the best from '78
I'd like to start off by saying Garcia was totally on point this night. All of his playing, and the rest of the band as well was astoundingly tight. The sounds of Ramble on Rose are sweet and make you feel happy. Great melodies and vibes from the jams in The Music Never Stopped. The rhythm devils are laying down insane beats in the PITB which leads to a mind blowing Drums>Jam. I believe that jam is considered to be a "Staying Alive" jam in some circles, whatever it was, it's an amazing jam you need not miss out on. I'd like to end this on a note saying that even though the Werewolves of London wasn't the best of the year, it had great energy and it was a real pleasure to listen to.
5/5 show. Burn this to a CD, put it on your ipod, whatever. You should give this show a shot
Reviewer: DaneBramage - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 1, 2010
Subject: Sounds like there are a lot more of you out there!
Being a 14 year old and having a chance to see a Grateful Dead show in my hometown was almost too good to be true. My brother and a few friends went to get tickets after school on the day they went on sale...and got a FRONT ROW seat at 4 in the afternoon! So it was no surprise that the cavernous Rupp Arena (24,000 seat capacity) had about 2500 fans to welcome the band. As has been said in other reviews, the band was inspired that night...but the reason was not a good one. Phil politely invited people to come down closer to the stage, and, of course, move if you were in someone's seat...Good Idea, but not one that security was willing to give in to. So as the 1st set went forward, the band got to see nearly every one of the people who tried to come to the floor get thrown out of the concert....not sent back to their seats...but DRAGGED out of the venue!!! Our seats were stage right (partially obstructed view, due to "wall of sound" speakers arrangement on the stage) and we watched in horror as security kept telling the guy dancing front row center to SIT DOWN...until they dragged HIM away as he held on to the back of his chair! Wellllll, THAT is why the 2nd set of this show is "stomp your foot, spit on the floor, kick some fucking ass Grateful Dead" (excuse my language!). THEY WERE PISSED. They played as if the place was standing room only, some of the most heart felt Dead music you'll ever hear (as evidenced by the inclusion of the Stella Blue on So Many Roads from this night). DOWNLOAD THIS SHOW!!! The country tinged 1st set is awesome (we WERE in Bluegrass Country ya know!) and the 2nd set with a drums that featured ALL members playing percussion was incredible! Oh yeah, they turned on the lights to send us home...and the Dead came out and played Werewolves of London with the freakin' lights on!!! Middle fingers up to Lexington boys! (unfortunately.) Never again.
Reviewer: Schneidawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2010
Subject: and I'd like to meet his tailor
Love the Warewolves!!
Reviewer: Danbury Dave - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2009
Subject: Jam is uncanny
This was played today on Sirius Dead Channel. Although the drums was less than good, the jam with jerry and keith was groovy and sounded like Diana Ross' "Upside Down."
Reviewer: Burnt Rich - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2009
Subject: Kentucky Fried Freak Show
This a spicy one, kids. Oh, boy! From start to lovely finish, this gem is well worth your time and a lil' dent in the stash. I know people bag on 1978 for a variety of reasons--but this one won't let you down.
Reviewer: shamsway - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 23, 2009
Subject: bah
i was born in lexington 8 months and 4 days after this show. i can't believe i missed it. shit.
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 28, 2009
Subject: niiicee!!
awesome upgrade, thank you!
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